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OUR MISSION:

We are a close knit, diverse, and welcoming Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Newark, living the mission of Christ. Parishioners serve the Lord by serving one another through our faith and sharing the resources and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Announcements

SPECIAL DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK!!

  • The Archbishop of Newark, announced today that he has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice, after evaluating recommendations of state and health officials.
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  • We have cancelled the First Eucharist Learning Session on Saturday, CCD on Sunday and the Lenten group reflection on Sunday.  New learning dates will be scheduled later.
  • The Archdiocese of Newark will Livestream Mass Sundays at Noon (EST). All faithful are invited to join virtually. The bilingual (English and Spanish) Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, to provide the faithful with spiritual nourishment during this time of need.  To watch the livestream, visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/nwkarchdiocese. Following the livestream, the video will be available on the Archdiocese’s Facebook page and website at http://www.rcan.org.  Links also will be available on archdiocesan social media channels:   @nwkarchdiocese.
  • St. Raphael’s will LiveStream Mass on Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 9am, and Sunday at 6pm.   Please log on 15 minutes prior to the Mass start time.  There is a limit of 100 sign-ins, so if you miss one, try another or the Livestream from the Archdiocese.   Link: https://meet.google.com/bcj-bkok-vpe.   If asked for a meeting code, use bcj-bkok-vpe.  Please turn off your microphone and camera (both icons should be red) prior to joining the Meeting session.  Make sure to pin (select) the screen showing Fr. Lito as the main screen to prevent the screen from changing views.
  • Holy Week Services:  ALL ARE LIVESTREAMED at https://meet.google.com/bcj-bkok-vpe
    • Palm Sunday:  4PM Saturday, 9AM Sunday, 6PM Sunday – Palms will be blessed, but will be distributed at a later time
    • Holy Thursday:  Morning Prayer at 8AM; The Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30PM
    • Good Friday:  Morning Prayer at 8AM; Stations of the Cross at 10AM, Celebration of the Passion at 3PM; Meditation on the 7 Last Words of Christ at 7:30PM
    • Holy Saturday:  Morning Prayer at 8AM; Easter Vigil at 8:15PM
    • Easter Sunday: 9AM, 11AM, 6PM
  • At the direction of the Archdiocese, the church building will be closed.     Please continue to pray from the privacy of your homes, knowing that you are joined by all of us!!

OTHER

  • BUSINESS OWNERSAdvertise in our bulletin!  Thank you to all our advertisers!  To join the sponsors on our bulletin, please call 860-836-8486.
  • PARISH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  973-992-9490 – THIS IS SUSPENDED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS – if you call the office, you may need to leave a message, but it will be addressed within a reasonable time.
  • The Facebook page for St. Raphael Parish is administered by Mary Gayle Scheper.  If you would like to contribute pictures or material to the page, please contact her with your material via the parish office at straphaelrcc@comcast.net. “Like” us at www.facebook.com/straphaellivingston
  • The bulletin for the parish is available on this website.  The current week is displayed automatically.  For earlier bulletins (the previous 5 weeks), scroll to the bottom of the page and select the weekend you would like to view.
  • The Religious Education Calendar for September, 2019 through July, 2020 is available here.

Special Events

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  If you have a background in English – writing, editing, or oral presentation – you can help our local seminarians.  Check out the details here!
  • Lectors and EMHCs! 
    • The NEW Schedule for Easter and the summer will be put together shortly.   We are delaying its actual creation, awaiting news on the impact of the Coronavirus on services within the church building.   In the meantime, the Lectors will be scheduled manually.  Please look for a message from servistraphael@gmail.com for information and let us know if you are willing to read during the LiveStream Mass.  If you have further input on your availability during the summer, please forward to servistraph@gmail.com.
    •  We are looking for additional Lectors and EMHCs!  Please consider joining these Ministries whose role is to support the Celebrant during the Mass by reading God’s words and distributing the Eucharist!   Call the Parish Office if you are interested.
  • Our social outreach ministry, SAMARITANS ALWAYS CARE (SAC)  – It is with heavy heart that we announce that our collections for the Soup Kitchen, the Easter Baskets, and Mother’s Day are cancelled.  First and foremost, we are most concerned about the safety of our parishioners, and, as the church and offices are not accessible to us at this time, we feel it best to cancel these projects at this time.  This is certainly not a safe time to go shopping.  We encourage prayer – storm the heavens for those in danger of the coronavirus and those who are in need, as they are everyday!   Consider direct monetary donations to Our Lady of the Valley Soup Kitchen (Sonny’s Pantry) at 510 Valley Street, Orange, NJ 07050, Catholic Charities Development Office at 590 North 7th Street, Newark, NJ 07107, and John Corr Family Resources at 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.  Thank you!!

We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign

  • We are still working on our 4-year campaign to support the efforts of the Archdiocese support of our priests, our seminarians, our Catholic schools!!  This is the final year of  the campaign which will wrap up by the end of June.  We have already received funds for our parish amounting to $38,911.66.  We can receive almost $50,000 if all pledges are met. Campaign Details

Annual Appeal

 

For additional upcoming events and special Mass times, please see the bulletin by clicking here.